Home improvement projects usually come in two types: those that you plan, and those that you don’t. Most of the time, HVAC home improvement projects fall into the last category—AC repair services and expensive replacements that you hadn’t planned on having to tackle. The thing is, most of the last-minute or emergency HVAC problems are completely preventable given the right maintenance that this important home feature needs.
After almost 25 years of service in Miami, our experts at Direct AC understand how much our South Florida customers depend on their HVAC systems throughout the year. In this article, we’ll go over some of the benefits of maintaining your HVAC unit serviced and how you can prevent serious problems down the road by simply giving it the care it needs.
What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance for HVAC systems consists of both at-home check-ups you do yourself, and professional services from an expert HVAC technician. Identifying potential problems and solving minor ones as soon as they present themselves will help you avoid breakdowns in the middle of the night, the middle of the winter, or at other times that you need your system the most. It will also help your system to run better and last longer, among other benefits that we’ll go into in the sections below. At least twice a year, homeowners should schedule a bi-annual tune-up with a technician. A technician will visit your home and perform an intensive HVAC inspection of your HVAC system’s outdoor and indoor components for issues. Apart from this yearly appointment, homeowners should also perform the following:
- Replace the air filter at least once every three months.
- Always keep the space around the outdoor air conditioning units free and clear of debris.
- Inspect the HVAC’s insulant and refrigerant lines every month for issues.
- Perform a visual HVAC inspection to check for issues like cracks or leaks every few weeks.
- Be on the lookout for signs that the air conditioning system needs attention, like a musty odor, low energy-efficiency, or poor heating or cooling performance.
What are the Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance?
We’ve already mentioned the biggest benefit of preventative maintenance for your HVAC system, which is the ongoing health and long-lasting lifespan of your unit. The next best benefit is the potential to save a lot of money in expensive repairs or replacements of your HVAC system by staying on top of its needs every year. More benefits of taking care of your HVAC unit include enhanced energy-efficiency and a more comfortable indoor air environment. Finally, failing to maintain your HVAC system can void the warranty—which is another incentive to keep a strict maintenance routine in place.
Is HVAC Maintenance Affordable?
The good news is that a maintenance plan with a reputable HVAC company can be extremely affordable—and is undoubtedly cheaper than expensive last-minute AC repair services or premature replacements due to lack of maintenance.
If you’d like to learn more about our cost-effective HVAC maintenance plans that we offer at Direct AC, we’d love to hear from you. Give our team a call to discuss having your HVAC unit serviced and other AC options over the phone. Or, if you prefer, we’ll send one of our friendly technicians to your home for a free consultation and pricing estimate at your convenience—just fill out our online form for more details.